Grant applications

The Micro Business Grant Scheme 2022/23 has now launched. Please read the guidance note for further information on the application process and project criteria.

Applications for the Growth Grant can be made here

Applications for the Apprenticeship Grant can be made here

Grants will be assessed on a rolling basis by the Cabinet Grants Panel until the funding is fully allocated.

What are Micro Business Grants?

The Micro Business Grant Scheme is a county-wide scheme funded through the West Sussex Local Enterprise and Apprenticeship Platform (LEAP). A total of £71,000 has been allocated to Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) to support micro businesses (businesses with less than 10 employees) throughout the District.

The objective of the scheme is to support growth of micro businesses across the District by providing one of two grants to businesses. The first type of grant available is a maximum £2,000 ‘Growth Grant’ which can be used to support a new project or initiative which will result in business growth. In addition to this grant, businesses are further eligible to apply for a £1,500 ‘Apprenticeship Grant’ to support the recruitment of an apprentice.

Are you eligible?

eligible for the scheme, businesses must meet all the following criteria:

  • Your business must be constituted in Mid Sussex and can provide evidence of establishment
  • Your business must have fewer than 10 employees (this includes both part-time and full-time staff)
  • Your business must be able to commit a minimum contribution of 50% towards the cost of the project

The Panel reserves the right to decline returning applicants.

Note: Registered charities are unable to apply for this grant, please visit our Corporate Grants page for information of grants available for you

What could you be awarded?

Your business could receive up to £2,000 for projects as long as you can demonstrate how the grant will benefit your business.

This includes:

  • Reach new customers
  • Increase the number of employees
  • Introduce new products and services
  • Improve business premises
  • Improve business productivity.

We strongly support sustainable employment and the hiring of an apprentice. If an apprentice is taken on, then up to £1,500 is available in funding.

What happens after you apply?

A summary of the step by step process after you apply is as follows:

Applicants are informed within one week of the Cabinets Grant Panel of the decision on their application.

Last updated: 12 July 2022